Bird News Sunday 12th May

A male Montagues Harrier and 2 Marsh Harriers are at Lough Cowey. The Montagues was subsequently moving between Ballyherl Lough and Lough Cowey. It was still at Lough Cowey at 5pm (Keith Bennett)

A Lesser Whitethroat was in scrub near the lookout at Ballyquinton Point, Co Down (Keith Bennett)

A Hoopoe was seen in a private garden at Craigantlet, North Down on Sunday 28th April 2013. (per Peter Munro)

Colebrooke river upper Lough Erne Co Fermanagh had 19 Whimbrel and 3 Black-tailed Godwits (Brad Robson)

A first summer Little Gull was at Lough Cowey, Co Down this morning along with hundreds of hurindines (James Robinson)

An Arctic skua (dark phase adult) was off Ballyquintin, Co Down. (Keith Bennett)

Portmore Lough RSPB reserve had 2 Marsh Harrier, a Garganey and 3 Whimbrel (Ed O'Hara)

A male Redstart was today on Rathlin at the Ushet Lough pines (Neal Warnock)

Last night and this morning a Corncrake was calling along Killough Road at Coney Island (Declan Clarke)

Belfast Harbour Lagoon had 2 first-summer Med Gulls, a first-summer Kittiwake and a first-winter Little Gull. A second-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Kinnegar shore (Tom Ennis, Ronald Surgenor)

A Great Northern Diver in summer plumage, two Whimbrel and two White Wagtails and a single Wheatear were at The Commons, Donaghadee. (James Robinson)

30 Knot (many in summer plumage) flew north at Briggs Rocks near Groomsport (Colin Guy)

Thanks to the Rountree family for this pic of the Hoopoe at Craigantlet and Ed O'Hara for the Marsh Harrier at Portmore. You can see more pics at

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